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This Thursday’s meetup

Thursday 16 May

Free event at Film Oxford sees a takeover by Oxford Hackspace. Neil C Smith showcases the latest version of his Praxis software for live events, and other members of Oxford Hackspace show their wares.

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Richard Grant talk postponed.

Q: How to replace a defunct 1970s laser show that for years had dazzled cinema goers in screen 1 @ Leicester square…? A: Use one of the largest projection surfaces and most modern projectors in London. A laptop and some rather funky reactive software and go from there. A unique project using the latest software and digital technology. Visit “projects” www.rgproduct.com for more. http://rgproduct.com/?page_id=285

Oxford Hackspace – Oxford Hackspace aims to be an accessible community workshop in Oxford, UK, open to all and supporting initiative, learning, creativity and the social good in all of its best forms.

Formally founded in March, and in the process of securing its first permanent space, come and find out how to get involved.  There will be a short introduction and some discussion of what current members are already up to – including an interactive plasma display to demonstrate control of a fusion reactor.

Praxis LIVE – Praxis LIVE is an open-source, graphical environment for rapid development of intermedia performance tools, projections and interactive spaces; developed by Oxford artist & technologist Neil C Smith.  Neil first introduced Praxis LIVE very early in its development in 2011.  Find out the current status of the project, some of its new features, and its use in recent interactive projects by Digital Prisoners (with Naomi Morris).  Will include a demonstration of live-coded OpenGL video effects and bindings to TinkerForge (http://www.tinkerforge.com).

Cost: Free
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm then the Rusty Bicycle for a chat
Venue: Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

Thursday 16 May meetup

This month’s free event at Film Oxford sees a takeover by Neil C Smith and Oxford Hackspace. Neil C Smith showcases the latest version of his Praxis software for live events, and other members of Oxford Hackspace show their wares.

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Cost: Free
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm then the Rusty Bicycle for a chat
Venue: Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

Other things that will happen in the future:

20 June 2013
John Twycross ‘How to Game Jam’ @Brookes
Weekend following this ‘Game Jam’ at Brookes – more details to follow

18 July 2013
Pub meeting – Social – Pub venue TBC.

Traditional French and psychiatrists’ holiday month

19 September 2013
Event TBC, but hopefully use of video in campaigning and undercover filmmaking @Film Oxford

17 October 2013
Matt Gifford, PhoneGap
@ Brookes


Soundcloud meetup report

Listen to some of the sounds from last night on Soundcloud:

recording Olympus

More sounds have been shared on the Soundcloud dropbox.

Malcolm Atkins kicked things off with a discussion and presentation of his scoring for several films. Listen to Malcom perform with Dubwiser next week, and get cheap tickets for Dubwiser supporting the Skatalites – 26th May at the O2 Academy – available at: http://www.dubwiser.co.uk/

Thanks to Jim Gwilliam for an excellent electronic track (Untitled).

Neil C Smith used his software, Praxis (download and use free on Google Code) to mix the tracks stored on the Soundcloud group dropbox – birdsong, footsteps, tracks from Tiger Mendoza (thanks Ian!), and Malcolm then joined in with some live improvisation. Fantastic set, thanks.

George Tsverik then played some kind of hardware (!) to modulate the saxophone of Ali Palmer Smith and the voice of Danny Nasirpour. Check out Danny on YouTube.

If you have any sounds you’d like to share, sign in to Soundcloud and add them to our group dropbox, or send them to us here, along with photos and comments of course.

Meat in Space report


Menu for Meat in Space nightA fantastic night last week, thank you to Neil C Smith, Tim Watts, James Davies, Efthymios Chatzigiannis and Dariusz Dziala for their great presentations.

Neil talked us through his praxis framework – don’t forget, if you’re interested in creating interactive or generative artwork, you can download praxis on Google Code and give it a go, it’s all Open Source. Watch an excerpt from Sound Pool.

Tim Watts showed us some of his great experimentation with Flash recreating an existing image but with a beautiful particle effect adding a touch of randomness and personalisation to the original. What’s it for? When you start asking that question, you just know you’re making something interesting.

James Davies, a past raffle winner, walked us through the creation process in Flash, Premiere and AE, behind his wonderful videos for First Fold Records. Check the YouTube channel, and the First Fold website.

Dariusz Dziala and Efthymios Chatzigiannis demoed their VJing and audio collaboration, Synaesthetics. They also showed us how it’s all done, and finally, for those who could hang on, Dariusz, Efthymios and Neil jammed together, a world first, happening in Oxford!

Download the menu from last Thursday’s Meat in Space night.

Keep Thursday 21st July free for another exclusive:

The Brothers McLeod, illustrator Greg and writer Myles, will be talking about their latest project, a half hour comedy pilot called The Isle of Spagg. They’ll be telling us how they came up with the idea, how they found the time and money to make it, and what they hope to do with it in the future. The talk will also include an exclusive screening of the finished pilot.

Meat in Space is here – BYO

This Thursday (16th June) at 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm.

We proudly present our high protein line up:

Bring your own thing to drink, unwind and listen to our artists.

No spam.

54 Catherine Street
Oxford OX4 3AH

‘Meat in Space’ approaches

Next Thursday (June 16th at 7:30 pm) sees the landing of Meat from Space. Well, okay it’s Adventures in Meat Space if you use our original title, or Meat in Space if you like the Muppets.

Meat in Space

Neil C Smith will present praxis, his modular framework for live creative play with video, images, audio, and other media. Its primary focus is on the easy development of generative and interactive work for physical spaces, as well as live performance.

Video clip

Dariusz Dziala VJs and presents some of his collaborative work with dancers.

Plus, mystery guests!

If you are yourself crossing the tricky boundary between real and virtual space, as an experienced programmer, or as a performance artist, dancer, we still have 15 minutes left for you to perform or just test out your work in a friendly environment.

Bring a bottle, a can, a juice or a glass of milk, and settle down to listen and then chat.

As usual, this Adobe user group meeting is held at OFVM Film Oxford, 54 Catherine St, Oxford, OX4 3AH

The Adobe Premiere and Post group will be holding their raffle draw too, for $2,100 worth of Adobe software. Check the OFVM website for full details of how to apply to be in their raffle.